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Title: Mosaics of masculinity : gender negotiations among Syrian refugee men in Egypt
Author: Suerbaum, Magdalena
ISNI:       0000 0004 7655 9177
Awarding Body: SOAS University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis discusses how Syrian men in Egypt renegotiate notions of masculinity during forced displacement. Based on fourteen months of ethnographic research in Egypt in 2014-2015, the thesis focuses on how Syrian men position themselves regarding the label of 'refugee', how they handle changing work and marriage patterns, deal with sectarianism, manage the encounter with Egyptian and Syrian 'others', experienced growing up and living in an oppressive state and how the uprising affected them. This thesis suggests that a focus on class should become more prominent when researching refugeeness and masculinity. Furthermore, it pays attention to men's need for 'others' to create successful masculinity, the significance of women's positions in society and men's conscious and careful composition of their manhood. This thesis raises the issue of the intimate, paradox relation of men with the state, deals with men's handling of emotions, and pays close attention to various sentiments and experiences that migrate with men and affect their lives during forced displacement.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral